Lisa Donato, student


Lisa Donato is a student at the University of Oregon.
Lisa Donato is a student at the University of Oregon.

As a student at the University of Oregon, Lisa Donato has worked on the
university’s news magazine, cohosted a show at the local radio station, and freelanced for the local newspaper, The Coos Bay World. After adding a number
of awards to her resume, Donato was awarded the 2013 SNDF scholarship and
sent to San Francisco for an internship at the Chronicle.

How has your involvement with SND helped you grow professionally or personally? The SNDF internship program has certainly helped me grow both professionally and personally. Professionally, interning at the SF Chronicle has given me the opportunity to experience first-hand how a big metropolitan newspaper operates and work with some incredibly talented people. I had to adjust to a different work pace and learn a new design program in a short time period, which has taught me a lot about working efficiently and how to adapt quickly. On a personal level, the SNDF internship program challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and move 500 miles away from my friends and family to a big unfamiliar city for the summer. While it has been one of the most exciting things I have done, it has also been one of the scariest. As a result, I have grown a lot as an individual and discovered more about myself and what I want to do with my life.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “Drive can beat experience.”

What’s one thing people should know about you? Although I’m pursing a career in magazine/newspaper design, I love photography just as much. A very unrealistic part of me secretly hopes that I’ll end up as a photographer for National Geographic someday.

Instagram or Vine? Vine.

What typeface would you be? I would definitely be a script typeface.


Tell us about one of your favorite projects. I wouldn’t say this is my all-time favorite page, but it is one I’m really proud of. It was one of the first double trucks I got to design for the Emerald. The story is a step-by-step guide on how to spend 36 hours in Portland, Oregon, and I decided to break it up and make it into more of an interactive map. Since the story is giving the reader directions, I thought it would be fun to have the page direct the reader as well.

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